eBooks Live on After The Fall

Bob Cox passed along this Wired Story that says all is well in eBook land.

Even though several e-book-only imprints have closed up shop, book reading and sales are stronger than ever.

In the past year, 1,600 titles were downloaded more than 3.1 million times at the Etext Library at the University of Virginia. That\'s 8,715 free e-books per day.

Blessed be the ties that bind...

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Georgia State University library is undergoing repairs for
brickwork that was done only fifteen years ago. The repair work will cost
the state about 7 million dollars, compared to the $10 million it took to
build the library in the first place. Metal ties, used to keep brickwork
attached to the frame of the building, were unaccountably left out during
construction. Without them, some bricks and other debris have fallen from
the building. Blessed be the ties that bind...

The latest repair estimate for the 15-year-old building, which cost $10
million to build, is $7 million. Of that, $5.8 million has been set aside,
while the regents, GSU and the Georgia State Financing and Investment
Commission continue to try to find the rest.
Full Story

Without My Library

The winners of the An Chomhairle Leabharlanna The Library Council\'s fifth annual essay contest have been announced. The topic of this year\'s essay was \"Without my library...\" Young people in two age categories (under 14 and under 18) shared their ideas on life without libraries.

Here\'s a sample of the winning essay in the under 14 category:
The bus grinding to a halt, and a young woman stepping smartly off and moving toward the glass doors of the library. A bitter wind tugs at her hair as she crosses the busy street. Reaching the swing doors she grasps the handle firmly and pulls hard. The door stays put, not budging in the slightest. She pulls again, harder this time, but again to no avail. Peering through the glass, she can see oaken shelves empty, greying computers dormant in the corner. She turns bitterly and heads back to the bus stop and begins her laborious wait for the next bus.

JAKE In The House

Gary Price of the most excellent Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk writes: \"Do you need to know what full-text database a particular journal is located?
If so, give jake a spin. From the site, \"jake is a reference source which
makes finding, managing, and linking online journals and journal articles
easier for students, researchers, and librarians. Jake does this by managing
metadata about online resources with a database union list, title authority
control, and linking tools, as well as making it easy to customize for a
specific library\'s holdings.\" Currently the database holds contents info for
195 databases. Btw, you can also download the complete holdings of a
particular database directly into MARC or delimited text formats. In fact,
most of jake can be modified as it\'s freeware. Btw, for those of you who are
jake regulars the new official url is: jake-.org. Finally, you
can find a beta of an alternative interface to jake from Simon Fraser


Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is trying to force a NY Federal court to overturn the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that prohibit Web sites from displaying obscene material on the internet. More


U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy

Check Out \"The Overseas Libraries Controversy and the Freedom to Read:
U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy\"
from Libraries and Culture.

\"Abstract: In the early Cold War years, censorship pressures on libraries led in 1948 to the adoption of a strengthened Library Bill of Rights by the American Library Association (ALA). In 1953 pressures intensified when Senator Joseph McCarthy opened an investigation of the United States Department of State\'s Overseas Libraries. This essay explores the response of the ALA and the American Book Publishers Council to McCarthy\'s attacks. Through adoption of The Freedom to Read and the Overseas Libraries Statement, librarians and publishers identified librarians as defenders of intellectual freedom. In addition, they helped to restore balance to book selection for U.S. information services abroad and affected the role of books and libraries in cultural diplomacy.\"

Note: Link may not work for everyone, subscription required. Big ups to Rory for pointing that out.


Can e-books improve libraries?

Can e-books improve libraries?, by Chris Rippel @ The
Central Kansas Library System, takes a very detailed look at how eBooks are fitting into libraries.

He begins by discussing three roles for e-books in libraries.
Role 1\'s focus on e-book hardware does an admirable job introducing current e-book technology to patrons, Role 2\'s focus on e-book titles better integrates e-book technology into traditional library work, Role 3 does motivate patrons and librarians to try e-books because role 3 improves the ability of libraries to provide books to patrons.

Historical \"ephemeral films\" archive - free .avi downloads.

This site is just plain cool, it\'s a quirky historical archive of 
short, old movies and films (ads, educational, propaganda films, and others)
available in two different formats: .mpg (mpeg-2) and DivX
.avi\'s (mpeg-4).

From Archive.org\'s description:
\"This collection contains movies that the Prelinger
has digitized (about 956 now online) and donated to the Internet
Archive. The films focus mainly on everyday life, culture, industry, and
institutions in North America in the 20th century.\"

Browse through the looong title
or read \"About
This Collection
\". I especially enjoyed the article
by Bart Eisenberg where
the archivist, Rick Prelinger, \"calls himself a \"media archaeologist.\"

LISNews searches: movie
-|- film
-|- Archive.org.

-Hermit ;-)

Edward N. MacConomy Obit

Lee Hadden writes: \"Edward N. MacConomy, 85, who joined the Library of Congress in 1940 as a
messenger and retired in 1985 as chief of the National Referral Center, a
subdivision that refers inquiries to appropriate private organizations and
trade associations, died on Dec. 17th


World\'s Funniest Joke Revealed

Yahoo! Tells Me The British Association for the Advancement of Science has unveiled The world\'s funniest joke after an experiment lasting three months.

It\'s not a librarian joke, but a Sherlock Holmes joke instead.


Washington State Library To Close

Paula McMillen passed along word that Washington State Governor Gary Locke is responding to a billion-dollar budget hole created by war and recession by expanded gambling and new sin taxes, and closing the Washington State Library.

Locke proposes eliminating 30 state programs, including state supplemental checks for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) clients, closure of the state Library and three hatcheries, and mothballing the Mission Creek Youth Camp.

One Story, or Another has all the sad details.

\"Nancy Zussy, state librarian for the past 15 years, said her agency won\'t go away quietly. \"If this were to occur, we\'d be the only state in the country without a state library,\" said Zussy, who plans to take her case to the Legislature.\"

Librarian salaries

There\'s an interesting discussion currently on the newlib-l mailing list that I subscribe to (and strongly recommend to anyone in library school or recently graduated) about salaries. The archives are not available on the web, but this seems to be a current \"hot topic\" (I know, these things come round in cycles so it\'s hardly new). I noticed in my latest copy of the UK Library Association Record, that at the recent IFLA meeting in Boston someone from the UKLA was talking to ALA President-Elect Mitch Freedman about exactly this topic, since it formed part of his campaign platform. So for anyone who is interested, there is more information from Mitch\'s Better Salaries/Pay Equity Task Force website. There will also be an open meeting on the topic at ALA Midwinter in New Orleans next month.


E-cyclopedia\'s glossary of 2001

The Beeb has E-cyclopedia\'s glossary of 2001.

They say \"Many of the defining moments of 2001 spawned their own words and phrases. At year\'s end, we take stock of these additions to the news lexicon.\"

Dont be left behind, if you can\'t use \"Blinkin\", \"gastroporn\", \"impeachment nostalgia \" or \"weblog\" in a sentence , you are soooo 2000. They are also taking Submissions.
Link Stolen from Mefi.


Lost Worlds of Science Fiction

jen writes \"An article from the Chronicle about two monographics series which re-release early science fiction novels with commentary and correct translations.


\"In a period of accelerated change, people may be looking back, at a subconscious level, to stories about inventions that were a lot less complicated,\" says Arthur B. Evans, an editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies


Music Industry Out of Sync with Consumers

Who hasn\'t made a copy of his or her favorite recordings to take keep in the car or take to work? It\'s been an acceptable practice since consumer recording devices came into existence. The music industry wants to change all that. In the aftermath of Napster, and as part of the recording industry\'s incessant greed, they want to take their copyright battle to new levels, going from virtual downloads into bricks and mortar stores. As with major software companies, the music industry wants to force consumers to buy more than one copy of a single recording. Not do they want it to be illegal, they want it to also be technologically impossible for the average consumer to record copies of their own purchased music for their own personal use in their own alternate devices. More

Library of Congress adds \'Jaws,\' \'Apes\' & \'Animal House\' to Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James Billington has selected 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. \"Each year Billington chooses 25 that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant for inclusion in the Registry. For each title named to the Registry, the Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time.\" According to Billington, \"Our film heritage is America\'s living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future.\" Click below for the list of this year\'s movie titles.

Penguin Classics Inks Deal With Ebrary

Someone writes...
\"ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that Penguin Classics will distribute its library to new online markets via ebrary\'s software, ebrarian. According to ebrary\'s CEO, \"This new deal with Penguin Classics is a breakthrough for both ebrary and the publishing industry, as together we will bring some of history\'s most important works into a format preferred by many readers worldwide. I believe that the authors of these great works would be pleased to see their texts brought into the most modern publishing medium in history, and we look forward to working with Penguin Classics in that pursuit.\" More


3 Quirkie Stories on Censorship

Lee Hadden writes: \"Three quirkie stories about censorship come from Annanova.com.

In One Story, a Swedish man was banned from travel to fourteen other
EU countries because he put up a poster in Belgium that was opposed to the
European Union. For expressing his non-politically correct beliefs, he is
banned from travel or transit throughout the rest of the EU, and must stay
home in Sweden from now on. A more modern take on \"The Man Without a
Country,\" or in this case, \"The Man Without a Union.\"

In a second story, a senior wanted her pet rat to be included in her
yearbook photograph. The principal denied the request, and the girl is
suing. This is surprising to me, since my high school yearbook was filled
with pictures of rats. And jerks. And...

Finally, a German tabloid was officially censored by the German
Federal Press Council for calling the English \"Tommy Sods,\" smelling like
\"dead sheep\" and having \"BSE pot bellies.\" The hapless Brits were also
accused of having both stale beer (a deadly insult in Germany!) and stale
brains, after they trounced Germany 5-1 in soccer. I guess the Germans
should either love the Brits or shut up.


Author Compares Some U.S. Parents to Taliban

USA Today is carrying a piece in which the author compares the Taliban to groups of parents in the US. He criticizes parents who attempt to ban books from libraries and schools, based on their content, because he feels that their actions attempt to undermine independent thinking. More


Australian Volunteers Make Massive Film Library Available

From The Age:

Victorians can now access Australia\'s largest and most comprehensive film collection, after a dedicated army of volunteers recently sifted through the last of tens of thousands of rare feature films, newsreels and documentaries during an ambitious six-year project . . .

Ian Line, who started as a volunteer in 1995 and is now one of three full-time supervisors, says the project has been a labour of love for more than 120 volunteers . . .\"You probably can\'t see some of these films anywhere else in the world,\" he says. \"It\'s an international collection of all types of cinema, and one of the biggest 16-millimetre historical records of the 20th century.\"

More. The collection contains an amazing array of films, from 1939\'s Experiments in the Revival of Organisms, (which documents a Russian experiment to resurrect dead animals) to 1969\'s One Hundred Odd Years from Now, an infomercial \"set in a strange, . . . world where women control things by using huge, colourful computers.\"



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